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Justin Morneau | First Baseman

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/15/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Marlins are not "confident of reaching a deal" for Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau.
MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reported Wednesday night that the Marlins were in "hot pursuit" of Morneau, but it seems that talks have cooled. Morneau batted .319/.364/.496 with 17 home runs and 82 RBI this past season for the Rockies and is only owed $6.75 million in 2015, so the Colorado front office probably has a lofty asking price. Dec 11 - 1:47 PM

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The Marlins "appear to be in hot pursuit" of Justin Morneau, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

The Rockies signed Morneau on the cheap prior to the 2014 season and watched as he won the National League batting title, hitting .319/.364/.496 with 17 home runs and 82 RBI. He's signed for $6.75 million next year, so any offer would have to be worth the Rockies' while. If Morneau is moved, the Rox could slide Wilin Rosario into his spot at first base.
Dec 10 - 11:15 PM

Justin Morneau is not in the Rockies' lineup Sunday.

Morneau entered the day with a .319 batting average, which was one point better than Josh Harrison's .318 mark. With Harrison going hitless in his first three at-bats, Morneau has essentially wrapped up the batting title. Ben Paulsen is at first base Sunday.
Sep 28 - 2:38 PM

Justin Morneau went 2-for-3 with his 17th homer and a walk Friday against the Dodgers.

Morneau holds the slightest of edges in the NL batting race, leading Josh Harrison .319 to .318, with Andrew McCutchen still also in the race at .314. Morneau's homer tonight was his 17th.
Sep 27 - 2:05 AM

Justin Morneau finished 1-for-4 with an RBI in Tuesday's 3-2 win against the Padres.

Morneau's bid to become NL batting champion is by far Colorado's most intriguing storyline over the last week of what has been a lost season. The veteran did what he had to do tonight, matching Josh Harrison's 1-for-4 box score. He leads Harrison .319 to .317 at the moment. Morneau is 11-for-28 (.392) in his last seven games. He's also 13-for-29 (.448) in nine games at Petco Park this season. He returns for the last time tomorrow night.
Sep 24 - 1:41 AM

Justin Morneau finished 2-for-4 with a double in Monday's 1-0 loss versus the Padres.

Morneau was returning to the lineup after getting an off-day on Sunday. Morneau has been on fire, coming it this game batting .415 with nine RBI and 11 runs scored in his last 11 games. Consider Morneau a nice daily play during this series. He's 12-for-25 (.480) in eight games at Petco Park this season. He's generally a good daily play: Morneau leads the National League with a .320 average.
Sep 23 - 1:03 AM

Justin Morneau finished 3-for-4 with a home run and six RBI in Wednesday's 16-2 rout of the Dodgers.

Colorado absolutely pounded Dodgers spot starter Carlos Frias, with Morneau kicking off the fun on a three-run blast in the bottom of the first inning. He also hit a two-run single to finish off the scoring in that eight-run opening frame before doubling in the bottom of the fourth and collecting his sixth RBI of the afternoon on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth. The veteran first baseman has an excellent .320/.363/.497 batting line with 16 home runs and 79 RBI in 127 games this season.
Sep 17 - 6:32 PM

Justin Morneau went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in the Rockies' win over the Dodgers Tuesday.

Morneau drove in a run with a groundout in the first inning, singling and scoring in the sixth. He later doubled and scored in the eighth as well, his first double since late August as he's managed an intercostal injury. Morneau is looking to finish strong after a really nice rebound year for the 33-year-old, who is hitting .316/.361/.486 with 73 RBI.
Sep 17 - 12:12 AM

Justin Morneau (intercostal) is back in Monday's lineup against the Dodgers.

Morneau exited Friday's game with left intercostal soreness, but it's not a major concern. The veteran first baseman is hitting .315 on the year, just two points behind Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison for the National League lead.
Sep 15 - 4:46 PM

Justin Morneau (intercostal) is expected to return to the lineup soon.

Morneau exited Friday's game with what the Rockies called left intercostal soreness, but trainer Keith Dugger admitted Saturday that the club was "not 100 percent sure it's an intercostal (injury). It's kind of sore behind his left lat. He just has a little soreness. It's not a huge (injury). It's not like an oblique type of soreness. We aren't overly concerned, but we want to make sure he's right before we send him out there." Ben Paulsen started at first base Saturday and should remain there until Morneau is ready.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 14 - 10:35 AM

Justin Morneau was removed from Friday's game against the Cardinals due to left side intercostal soreness.

Morneau is considered day-to-day and should return to the Rockies lineup at some point over the weekend. He is enjoying a fine season at the dish, slashing .315/.359/.485 with 15 homers and 72 RBI in 124 contests.
Sep 13 - 12:41 AM

Justin Morneau is not in Monday's lineup against the Mets.

He's presumably getting the night off. Michael Cuddyer will make the start at first base Monday and is likely being eased back into action after his hamstring strain.
Sep 8 - 5:42 PM

Justin Morneau went 4-for-6 and hit his 15th homer Saturday in the Rockies' 7-6 win over the Padres.

Drew Stubbs singled through a five-man infield to win the game in the 12th. Morneau upped his average to .314 with the performance, while teammate Corey Dickerson went 3-for-6 and stands at .313. Those two are very much in the running for the batting title with Josh Harrison (.315), Ben Revere (.314) and Buster Posey (.310). Dickerson, though, is iffy to finish with enough plate appearances to qualify.
Sep 7 - 1:18 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Brewers claimed first baseman Justin Morneau off waivers but were unable to work out a trade with the Rockies.

Morneau would have been a huge addition for the current National League Central leaders, but the Brewers don't have many intriguing pieces in their farm system and the Rockies were probably seeking a significant return given that Morneau is under contract through 2015 with a team-friendly option for 2016. Morneau, 33, is batting .317/.360/.500 with 14 home runs and 69 RBI in 112 games this season for Colorado.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 28 - 9:27 AM

Justin Morneau went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, RBI and run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Giants.

The Home Run Derby participant has only one homer in the second half, but has elevated the rest of his game to such a degree that he's actually been more valuable post-break than he was beforehand. Morneau is slashing .338/.413/.488 in the second half. If more of those doubles start landing over the fence, Morneau could have one monster stretch left in him this year. The veteran first baseman boasts a .317/.360/.500 batting line with 14 home runs and 69 RBI in 112 games this season.
Aug 28 - 1:25 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilin Rosario
2Michael McKenry
3Audry Perez
1B1Justin Morneau
2Ben Paulsen
2B1D.J. LeMahieu
2Daniel Descalso
3Charlie Culberson
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Cristhian Adames
3Rafael Ynoa
3B1Nolan Arenado
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Kyle Parker
CF1Charlie Blackmon
2Drew Stubbs
3Brandon Barnes
RF1Carlos Gonzalez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jorge De La Rosa
2Jordan Lyles
3Christian Bergman
4Tyler Matzek
5Yohan Flande
6Eddie Butler
7Jhoulys Chacin
8Tyler Chatwood
9Tyler Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1LaTroy Hawkins
2Rex Brothers
3Adam Ottavino
4Boone Logan
5Tommy Kahnle
6Nick Masset
7Brooks Brown
8Franklin Morales
9Christian Friedrich
10Jairo Diaz
11Buddy Boshers